Nicole's Story

Nicole wasn't getting the right support for her PTSD until a friend invited her to meet Jesus at a school lunch club

Nicole wasn't getting the right support for her PTSD until a friend invited her to meet Jesus at a school lunch club

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I really was a shell of the person I am now.
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My name's Nicole and this is my story.
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So, at about four years old
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my mum left my dad with me and my little brother.
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It was just really a time
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of a lot of trauma in my life.
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We were in two fires
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and then my nextdoor neighbour got stabbed.
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I would have flashbacks to the fire
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where I would be in total darkness and so frightened,
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and I just remember feeling really helpless
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at a really young age.
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And, as a family, it did really break us.
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So ten years ago
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trauma wasn't really something
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that young girls were known to experience;
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it was soldiers,
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it was people much older than me.
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I just wasn't really getting the help that I needed.
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And I made friends with a girl who was a Christian.
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She encouraged me to come to
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the Scripture Union club that our school ran,
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then I heard the gospel for the first time.
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I heard the good news.
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I heard about a God who was loving and who loved me,
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and who made me, and who had a plan for my life,
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and a purpose for it.
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I wanted to know more about that God
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and I prayed, I was like,
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"If you're real, Lord, I really want to know you
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"and I want to follow you,
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"and I want to accept you as my Saviour."
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And I just remember this overwhelming peace
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just feeling like, actually,
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God was just present with me there,
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and I don't think that feeling's ever left me.
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I decided that, actually, I was ready to be baptised.
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I feel like, at that point,
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I would say I was healed from
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the trauma that no doctor, no counsellor,
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no psychologist had been able to heal.
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My life wasn't bound by trauma anymore,
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my life wasn't bound by the past either,
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and I really had a new life.
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I am extremely passionate about politics.
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I felt like a lot of the politicians
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weren't really reflective of me
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and didn't represent my experience in life.
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And, as a young female Christian,
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I'd like to try and
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just be a voice in politics.
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Sometimes I feel like I don't speak very eloquently,
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or I get my words mumbled up,
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but I don't want that to stop me
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because I know that God's at work through your words
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and that, actually, He wants you to share
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what He's done in your life.